Horn Point open house set for Oct. 12

Activities at Horn Point Laboratory’s annual open house on Saturday, Oct. 12, will include the opportunity to fly a drone over a digital map of the Chesapeake Bay.

CAMBRIDGE — Horn Point Laboratory will hold its annual open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.

Explore environmental science through exhibits and hands-on activities.

Board the research vessel Rachel Carson and explore oyster farming at the boat basin. Visit the East Coast’s largest oyster hatchery to learn about the oyster from baby spat to restoration sanctuaries.

There will be games and free T-shirts for the kids, and food and ice cream for all provided by Ruritans and Maiden Maryland.

“This is the best day of the year for the community to learn about the science of the Bay,” Horn Point Laboratory Director Mike Roman said. “Everyone at the lab is on deck to explain their research with activities and displays that make it easy to understand.”

Activities will include the following.

• Fly a drone over a digital map of the Chesapeake Bay.

• Play in a digital sandbox to create shorelines and model weather’s impact around the Bay with laser imaging.

• See an animation of the travels of oyster larvae as they move from the reef where they spawned to their new, permanent home reef.

• Match up a DNA sequence to microscopic creatures important to the food chain.

• Observe and learn about sturgeon, whose ancestors date to the Jurassic period.

• Build a healthy marsh and learn who are the best partners in this effort.

• Meet and talk to graduate students about their environmental career goals.

• At the children’s activity booth, create eco-friendly animals that live in our waters. Play games that teach fun facts about the Bay. Go on a scavenger hunt through the exhibits to learn how the Bay’s lasting health starts with each of us making a cleaner environment today.

For more information, visit www.umces.edu/hpl.

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